TBHC Celebrates Annual ‘Saturday in the Park’ Community Health FairAugust 13, 2017
Free Health Screenings, Face Painting, Music, Giveaways and Fun for All
Scores of local residents were treated to free health screenings, medical information, face painting, music and fun at The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s annual Saturday in the Park Community Health Fair held in Brooklyn’s historic Fort Greene Park on August 12. “Keeping Brooklyn Healthy is our mission,” said Gary G. Terrinoni, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC). “We were able to assist local residents by allowing them to talk to physicians and healthcare providers and learn about the many health and wellness services we offer at TBHC.
“The turnout for Saturday in the Park was terrific,” Terrinoni said. “I want to thank our sponsors and the people of Brooklyn for helping to make this year’s event a big success. At TBHC, we remain committed to delivering quality care to our patients and the local communities we serve.” Sponsors included St. Joseph’s College, HealthFirst, MCU, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Health Care Education Project and United Health Care. Highlights included participants receiving health screenings for asthma, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, dental, glucose and vascular, said Gilda Caputo-Hansen, TBHC’s Director of Community Affairs.
“As a community stakeholder, we view the health of our neighborhood as essential to the continued vitality of both the College and the Clinton Hill community as a whole,” said Donald R. Boomgaarden, President of St. Joseph’s College. “We are proud to partner with The Brooklyn Hospital on the event of its annual health fair and welcome the opportunity to tell the community about our slate of academic offerings in nursing, healthcare administration, human services, and healthcare hospitality.”
In addition to music and activities, the Saturday in the Park health fair featured several exhibits, including The da Vinci Robot (minimally invasive surgery), a replica of the heart, and photos showing moments in The Emergency Department. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) worked with The Simulation Department to show an accident rescue while The Children’s Health Center gave lessons on pediatric resuscitation.
Dr. Srinivas Kesanakurthy, Program Director of The Brooklyn Heart Center, said, “It's important that you take good care of your heart by exercising and maintaining a well-balanced diet. We were able to show local residents how the heart works, as well as provide information on what you need to do to help maintain a healthy heart.”
Children were treated to face painting while their parents were provided information from on-site healthcare providers. TBHC staff discussed topics such as nutrition, pediatrics, early intervention medical services and the Emergency Department, Caputo-Hansen said. Leroy Charles, TBHC’s Vice President For External Affairs, said that each year the hospital’s Community Affairs Department participates in more than 150 health screenings and community education events.
“TBHC is proud to partner with the community for the health fair, which allows us to deliver community education on how to prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and other illnesses that can lead to serious health challenges if left undiagnosed or untreated,” said Charles, who oversees The Community Affairs Department. “We want the community to know that our doors are open and we are here to serve them.” As the oldest hospital in the borough, TBHC offers primary care physicians, walk-in medical care, outpatient centers, and award-winning stroke and cardiovascular healthcare. For more information, call (718) 250-8000, or visit: www.tbh.org.
Additional Saturday in the Park highlights included information on wellness for kids, TBHC’s Weight Loss Center and cancer prevention from The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Brooklyn headed by Gloria Ayide.
“Statistics show that colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths in New York State,” Ayide said. “Each year more than 9,000 New Yorkers develop colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die from the disease. We know that early detection and screening can save lives. TBHC offers a comprehensive list of cancer care services and free screening are available for the uninsured. We were able to screen participants at Saturday in the Park and encouraged them to pass the message on to their friends and family.”